Enjoy warm Mexican hospitality at our hotels in León. You’ll be in easy reach of the historic center’s gilded churches and painstakingly crafted jackets and boots in the city’s leather factory stores.
Our hotels in León are near tidy Plaza Principal in the historic center, surrounded by pastel-colored colonial buildings and inviting pedestrian streets. Enter quiet Basilica Cathedral, where soaring domes shelter baroque altars and dramatic biblical paintings. Snap photos in the neo-gothic Expiatorio Temple, where stained-glass windows bathe the all-white interior in luminous red and blue hues. Families staying at our León hotels can see rare Mexican grey wolves and African lions at the León Zoo or sample the interactive exhibits at the Explora Science Center. Join the city’s families picnicking in Metropolitan Park, a reservoir with playgrounds, a petting zoo and even a zipline. It’s a short drive from our hotels in León to the winding cobblestone streets of Guanajuato, a World Heritage Site densely packed with colonial architecture.
León is Mexico’s leather capital, and many local factories have shops in the historic center. The main leather market is the Zona Piel, near the bus station, where guests of our León hotels can snag bargains on fine-quality cowboy boots, leather jackets and handbags. Grab a guacamaya, a sandwich of spicy pork chicharrón, fresh avocado and tomato salsa, from a street vendor for a quick lunch with the locals. Follow a typical hearty León steak dinner with a dance or music performance at the neoclassical Manuel Doblado Theater.
Book our Holiday Inn® León hotels in January, for colorful folkloric dances and carnival rides at the Guanajuato State Fair, or in November, when dozens of hot-air balloons dot the sky over Metropolitan Park in the Hot Air Balloon Festival.